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Indigenous newsmakers will be part of a livestreamed event Wednesday celebrating Indian Country Today's 40th anniversary.

Pro-golfer and NBC sports broadcaster Notah Begay and health expert and epidemiologist Dean Seneca are among the guests who will participate in Indian Country Today's first-ever virtual fundraiser. The goal is to raise $40,000 for the nonprofit news organization.

“When we relaunched Indian Country Today as a public medium, we had no idea what that meant to our audience. No subscriptions? Great. But would people step in and support us? That answer has been a loud yes and this anniversary event is an extension of that idea,” says editor Mark Trahant, Shoshone -Bannock, “We are so grateful for the participation of our readers, our viewers. Day after day we hear from so many who give us support and help us carry out our mission. Even though this is a fundraising event, we hope folks just watch to join us in this celebration.

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The virtual fundraiser will be hosted by Indian Country Today anchor Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo. “In 40 years of covering Indian Country, we’ve developed a large following and tonight, you’ll hear from Native leaders about why they read Indian Country Today and what they get out of it,” says Chavez.

Other notable participants are Twyla Baker, educator and president of President of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College; Derrick Beetso, attorney, educator and incoming IndiJ Public Media board member; Gabriella Cazarea-Kelly, Pima County’s first Native recorder; Jordan Marie Daniel, professional runner, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People advocate, and filmmaker; Doug Mitchell, founder and director of National Public Radio’s next generation radio project; and Aaron Yazzie, mechanical engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and mentor.

The 40-minute event will be livestreamed on the ancestral homelands of the Pee-Posh and O’odham people in Phoenix, Arizona. The livestream is viewable at, and the official Indian Country Today Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.

“It’s not just a fundraiser, we also have some exciting news that we are going to unveil to our audience. There has been so much growth, so many advancements for Indian Country Today and our 40th anniversary fundraiser is the perfect time to share the news with our supporters,“ Trahant said.

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